01/16/2008

LAPD use translating device to connect with diverse communities

By Richard Winton
The Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police Capt. Dennis Kato stands in a rooftop parking lot, a device in hand resembling a clunky 1980s-era cellphone.

He selects Korean from the device's menu, then speaks into the microphone: "Medical assistance." A speaker on his vehicle booms in Korean: "If you require medical assistance, please approach the nearest officer."

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